ISLAMABAD: The police and other security forces in the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi on Monday conducted a flag marches to show force and to maintain peace and tranquility in the city during Muharram.
In Islamabad, the flag march was conducted under the supervision of City-SP Aamir Khan Niazi. All SDPOs and SHOs of City Zone, Islamabad Traffic Police, police commandos, Rescue 15 police and police patrolling officials participated in the march.
The flag march started from Pakistan Sports Complex and culminated at the same point after passing through Dhokri Chowk, Bhara Kahu, Murree Road, Bari Imam, Radio Pakistan Chowk, NADRA Headquarters, Soharwardi Road, Aabpara Chowk, Melody Chowk, Imambargah Sector G-6/2 and Ali Masjid Sector G-7/2.
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Operations-SSP Najeebur Rehman Bugvi has said that Islamabad police have ensured comprehensive security arrangements for Muharram. He further said that the purpose of the flag march was to show preparations of the police and other law enforcement agencies during Muharram to counter any challenge and maintain peace in the city.
He also directed all the SDPOs and the SHOs to make effective security arrangements in this regard in their respective areas. He added that Islamabad Police would maintain a close liaison with peace committees and organisers of the Muharram Majalis and processions.
He also directed for combing and search operations in Afghan and other slum areas and to maintain high vigilance at entry and exit points of the city.
In Rawalpindi, police on Monday conducted a flag march in different parts of the city to show their strength and unity.
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City police, along with the contingents of Muhafiz squads, Elite Force squads and Dolphin Force conducted the flag march. The flag march was supervised by Potohar Superintendent Police (SP). The vehicular flag march started from Police Lines and culminated at the same point after passing through key areas of the city particularly routes for the processions expected to be held on Muharram 7 and on Ashura.
According to a police spokesperson, the Rawalpindi police have made elaborate security arrangements for Muharram.
Stringent security measures have been adopted in the district to avoid any untoward incident during the holy month.
WITH ADDITIONAL INPUT FROM APP
Published in The Express Tribune, September 18th, 2018.